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Oyster Festival Education Day highlights regional science for CA students

Above, Chesapeake Academy students learn about water runoff and its impact on Chesapeake Bay ecosystems from Lowery Becker, education coordinator from the Friends of the Rappahannock, who presented during the Urbanna Oyster Festival Oyster Education Day program on November 2.

Presenters from Middlesex Elementary, Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, Friends of the Rappahannock, Virginia Gamefish Tagging, Fairfield Foundation, Christchurch School, and the Yorktown Watermen’s Museum explored maritime history, Native American and colonial history, oysters, watershed science, Bay critters and water quality for local elementary and middle school students on November 2 as part of Urbanna Oyster Festival Education Day.

Chesapeake Academy third, fourth, and fifth-graders attended with their teachers. America’s Privateer “Lynx,” a tall ship replica, and the “Claude W. Somers,” a Chesapeake Bay skipjack from the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, were featured exhibits this year.

“My students loved visiting the Claude W. Somers where they not only got a sense of this historic work vessel but they also learned about oyster lifecycles and their importance to efforts to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay,” explained Martha Rogers, third-grade teacher at Chesapeake Academy. 

Kaitlin Benson, fourth-grade teacher at Chesapeake Academy, chuckled, “My students loved getting their hands on marine creatures, whispering to snails and touching eels . . . they had a ball with an angry fish. This sort of experience really helps kids contextualize all we teach about marine ecology.”

posted 11.08.2017

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